1908 May

1st In New York’s 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals, Kid Elberfeld is severely spiked in the foot by Bob Ganley, essentially ending his season. He’ll go to bat just 56 times this year.

Former Red Sox pitcher Floyd Kroh tosses a 10-inning no-hitter for Johnston (Tri-state league) beating Wilmington, 1–0. Kroh will make it to the Chicago Cubs late this season.

4th The Giants jump on Tully Sparks for 5 runs in the first inning and coast to a 12–2 win over the Phillies. Mathewson leaves with a 9–0, lead and runs his record to 5–0.

7th Torrential rains washed out every AL and NL game, a first since there have been two leagues. The only professional game played on the eastern seaboard was an Atlantic League game in Portland, Maine. A 40 mph nor’easter flooded the switches in the Manhattan-Brooklyn subway tunnel stopping trains for an hour.

8th On a muddy field in Boston, the Yankees top the Red Sox, 3-0, behind Walker Manning’s first appearance of the year. AL President Ban Johnson reinstates Clark Griffith, who will lead the first-place Yankees.

Washington beats the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-2, with the aid of a triple steal by Bob Ganley, Dave Altizer and Jerry Freeman.

9th Art Devlin cracks a 1st inning double with the bases loaded and the Giants score 7 runs off Irv Young in the 1st two innings. Mathewson scatters ten Braves hits in coasting to a 7–3 win.

11th In Pittsburgh, Honus Wagner leads the Pirates to a 5–2 win over the Giants with a triple, 2 walks, 2 runs and 2 RBI. His delayed break to 2nd allows Fred Clarke to score the 5th run on the front end of a double steal.

12th  Orval Overall of the Cubs absorbs his first loss since August 11, 1907, as the Phils end his 14-game winning streak, 6–2. George McQuillan is the winner for the visiting Phillies.

13th At Pittsburgh, the Pirates knock out Christy Mathewson in the 5th inning and top the Giants, 5–1, behind Howie Camnitz. It is Matty’s first loss of the year. The game takes just 85 minutes to complete.

16th Andy Coakley gives up 6 hits in beating the Giants in Cincinnati, 6–1. Mathewson lasts just 2 innings and McGraw pinch hits for him in the 3rd.

17th Reds player-manager John Ganzel hits his only homer of the year, a grand slam off Hooks Wiltse of the Giants. The blow comes in the 6-run 8th inning and propels the Reds to a 7–2 win over the visiting Giants.

Chicago’s Three Fingered Brown fires a near-perfect game, allowing just a 5th inning single to Brooklyn’s Bill Bergen. Bergen, one of the worst hitting regulars of all-time, will finish the year at .175.

18th Coming back against the Reds, Mathewson is treated poorly again. The Reds pound him for 15 hits and 9 runs in 7 innings to win 9–5, handing Matty his 3rd loss in a week.

21st Pitching for Kansas City (Western Association) Smoky Joe Wood hurls a 1–0 no-hitter against Milwaukee.

23rd  Giants 3B Art Devlin ties a record by handling 13 total chances as the Cards beat New York 6–2. Two errors cost him a new record.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Lundgren beats the Boston Nationals, 6–4, his 10th straight win over them in 4 years. Lundgren will post an 18–7 record this year, allowing no homers.

25th  Detroit scores an unearned run in the 3rd against Washington lefty Bill Burns, but not until 2 are out in the 9th does a Tiger collect a base hit. Germany Schaefer singles to center off “Sleepy Bill” for the only Bengal hit as Detroit wins, 1–0. Washington will lose 29 games this year by shutouts, an AL record.

At Chicago, the Cubs treat Mathewson rudely, roughing him up for 7 hits and 5 runs in 2 innings. The Giants rally but lose in 10 innings, 8–7, as Hooks Wiltse takes the loss.

26th  Against the Reds, Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker strikes out 12, but errors do him in and he loses, 4–2.

29th At Ebbets Field, Christy Mathewson rights himself and shuts out Brooklyn for a 1–0 Giants win. Matty gives up 4 hits, K’s 8, in beating Nap Rucker.

30th In the first of two Memorial Day games at Boston, Cy Young throws a near-perfect game, beating Washington, 6–0. Jerry Freeman’s 5th inning single is the only hit and runner. Jesse Tannehill, making his first appearance since last August, starts for the Sox in game 2, but he leaves in the 5th inning with a 2–2 score. The Sox later today suspend him without pay. Tex Pruiett relieves and is less effect than Jesse, taking the loss in a 7-4 game.

In St. Louis, the Cubs sweep a holiday doubleheader with the Cardinals, winning 10-2 and 11-2. The Cubs won’t win another doubleheader on the road by 8-run margins until 2008.

31st In Chicago, Jack Pfiester pitches the Cubs to a 6–3 win over the Pirates, but Pittsburgh will win the next 3 games with Chicago by blitzing 33 runs. The Pirates will win the finale, 13–3, when Wagner connects for a homer and 2 doubles to drive in 6 runs.